Monte Carlo – Rafael Nadal claimed another Monte Carlo Masters title on Sunday as his preparations for the French Open heated up.
The world No 1 recovered from going a break down early in the first set to win 6-3, 6-2 in 93 minutes and has now won 36 consecutive sets on clay.
“I want to thank all my team and my family. We had some tough moments during the last five months after a couple of injuries in a row.
“It’s great to have a group of great people behind me. I can say thank you very much always for being there and supporting me when I really need it.
“It’s always special for me to be back here, having this trophy. It’s one of the most important events of the year for me.”
After retiring with a hip injury during his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic, Nadal withdrew from the Mexican Open, Indian Wells Masters and Miami Open due to the problem.